1 John 3:1 – Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.
Behold what manner of love,…. See, take notice, consider, look by faith, with wonder and astonishment, and observe how great a favour, what an instance of matchless love, what a wonderful blessing of grace, the Father hath bestowed upon us: the Father of Christ, and the Father of us in Christ, who hath adopted us into His family, and regenerated us by His grace, and hath freely given us the new name: The phrase ‘what manner’ is an expression of admiration at something wonderful. It is an expression of gratitude on the quality of love that God has lavished on us, the love that calls us sons. By the reason of our sonship, we became heirs according to the promise. Roman 8:17 and Galatians 3:29. The love confers on us the right to share inheritance with Jesus Christ and it elevated us to sit together with Him. The love of God is the platform on which the covenant with the promise is written. For one to really appreciate this manner of love, or this lavish display of affection, one needs to look back in retrospect and see where we were before. Love found us and brought us into sonship. In Ephesians 2:12, the Bible says, ‘… at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.’ We were without Christ but love found us and brought us into Christ. We were aliens to the covenant of promise but love found us and gave us a part in the covenant. We had no hope but love found us and gave us hope. We were without God, but love found us and adopted us. We were deep in sin but love pulled us out and set our feet on the rock. We were lost in the wilderness of hopelessness but love found us and gave our life a meaning. The same love found Rahab, the prostitute, in Joshua 6:23, whose sins were as red as the scarlet. She hung on the widow of her house in Jericho but love found her, washed her as white as snow and qualified her as a saint and put her name in the hall of faith in Hebrews 11. The same love is still at work turning sinners into saints. The same love is available for you to turn your story and change your name. The same love found the woman convicted of adultery and at the point where her accusers were about to stone her to death in John 8:4-11. Love forgave her, discharged and set her free. The same love is still available and with enough power to forgive your sins and set you free from every of your addictions. Be it addiction to drugs, fornication, adultery, masturbation or whatever your addiction is, He is able to take it from you, if you can only let Him have it. The same love found the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 4:38, who had suffered many things from many physicians for 12 years. She came in contact with this love and all her issues dried up. All she needed was a touch of love and she was made whole. The same love has enough power to dry up any issue in your life that has plagued you for years if you will only come after Him and just seek for a touch of that love. Forget all the people around you that will try to make mockery of your desperation. Focus on Jesus and be desperate for a touch. Desperate people do desperate things. I tell you, at the end of the day, they will all laugh with you in Jesus’ name. The same love found the woman bent over for 18 years in Luke 8:11. Love straightened her life completely. The same love can straighten your life if you will allow Him, no matter how crooked it might have been, no matter how rugged, no matter how bent, He is the way Maker, His love has more capacity to straighten your life more than any road construction company in the world but listen, you have to contract Him to do that and it is free. The same love found the man at the pool of Bethesda waiting for one to carry him into the water after the stirring by the angel. Love found him and let him realize he needed no man but this love. The same love is telling you today that you need no man: the help of man is vain but He is the very present help in the time of need, He is ready to help you and lift you up from your state of incarceration if only you will allow Him. Men will promise and they will fail because that is their nature but this love never fails. The same love found blind Bartimaeus, touched him and he received his site. Oh, the same love is still here today to open your eyes to see possibilities. You might have been blinded from your sins or obscured by your challenges but love has the power to open your eyes of understanding and make you see yourself in a new light. The same love found the man lame from his mother’s womb begging alms at the beautiful gate, Acts 3. Love lifted him from the dunghill and set him to sit among princes. The same love is able to lift you from your beggarly state, set you up and make your name great. They may think your case is closed because it is not traceable but love is more than able to deal with the root of your situation and give you a new name and make you great.
For Further Study:
Luke 8:11, Acts 3
Questions for Reflection:
Can you describe the kind of love God has for you? Can you imagine a life without Christ?
The love of God that changed the critical situations of others will change mine too today in Jesus’ name!